It started out OK, but the sloothing nonsense really bored me to sleep and I have no plans to watch the rest.. 3/4s of it was enough for me
June 25, 2010 Subject:
This movie appears to suffer from heavy editing (13 minutes cut from the original version), resulting in some jarring scene changes and unexplained clues. The antagonistic attraction between the characters played by the stars, Neil Hamilton and Evelyn Venable, is featured, and is clearly meant to maintain interest while they solve the mystery. They aren't bad together, just nothing special. They aren't even in the same league as Lyle Talbot and Ginger Rogers in A Shriek in the Night, never mind Nick and Nora Charles. By the end, I really didn't care. It just didn't gel.
I downloaded the 619MB MPEG2. Video and audio quality are excellent, especially so since it appears to be a VHS rip.
June 24, 2010 Subject:
Don't look for the bat phone.
This is a super-fast-paced murder mystery with more than a half-dozen suspects.
Neil "Commissioner Gordon" Hamilton is the DA on the case. His foil and competitor in solving the mystery is a crime novelist played by the attractive Evelyn Venable. Reed Hadley is one of the suspects, and Smiley Burnette shows up to do thirty seconds of standup. The entire cast holds its own throughout. While not a comedy, it is breezy fun that's not meant to be taken seriously. It worked for me. Republic Pictures' production values are well above average for a B-feature. The print is complete (see footnote) and in okay shape. FOOTNOTE: This 53 minute version is a second-release studio edit of the 66 minute original.